Podcast: EP 39 Personality Isn’t Permanent with Dr. Ben Hardy

Podcast: EP 39 Personality Isn’t Permanent with Dr. Ben Hardy

Have you ever wondered if you can’t change?


I am bringing back one of my earliest podcast guests for a second episode because he just wrote a new book and it is so good. If you remember Episode 4 about willpower, you’ll know that Benjamin Hardy is someone worth listening to.

Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work and Personality Isn’t Permanent.

His blogs have been read by over 100 million people and are featured on Harvard Business ReviewNew York Times, Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, and many others. He is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology Today and from 2015-2018, he was the #1 writer in the world on Medium.com.

He and his wife Lauren adopted three children through the foster system in February 2018 and, one month later, Lauren became pregnant with twins, who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando.
In this conversation we dive deep into the myths versus truths about how much our personality impacts who we are and what we do. Ben teaches us wisdom about how to make powerful choices about our future self, how to become who we want to be, and how to view our personality as an asset instead of a limitation.


“A person’s view of their own future is the strongest indicator of who they are.”

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show notes

  • What motivated Ben to write a book about personality (3:20)
  • Whether there is value in personality tests (9:14)
  • Myths versus truths about our personalities (14:53)
  • The power of choice and how it works with our personality (21:36)
  • Why what you say yes to makes such a difference (29:30)
  • How to become someone that you currently aren’t (35:20)
  • Why hope is essential for change (42:40)


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